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'''Adi Shankara''' (pronounced ; early 8th century CE) was a philosopher and theologian[http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/522509/Shankara Sengaku Mayeda, ''Shankara'', Encyclopedia Britannica] from India who consolidated the doctrine of Advaita Vedanta. He is credited with unifying and establishing the main currents of thought in Hinduism.Johannes de Kruijf and Ajaya Sahoo (2014), Indian Transnationalism Online: New Perspectives on Diaspora, , page 105, '''Quote: "In other words, according to Adi Shankara's argument, the philosophy of Advaita Vedanta stood over and above all other forms of Hinduism and encapsulated them. This then united Hinduism; (...) Another of Adi Shankara's important undertakings which contributed to the unification of Hinduism was his founding of a number of monastic centers."'''''Shankara'', Student's Encyclopedia Britannia - India (2000), Volume 4, Encyclopaedia Britannica (UK) Publishing, , page...
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